Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
University of Limerick Financial Report 2020

9:30 am

Ms Mary Harney:

First, I thank Deputy Sherlock for his kind comments. This is only my second time back. The last time was for the banking inquiry.

We learned about the €2 million mentioned by Mr. Moynes from a media outlet last Thursday, which I believe was very unfortunate. We were completely blindsided. We first learned we were approved for the grant and we also heard in the same call that the grant was being paused. That is not the way to do business. This blindsided us and it damages our relationships. I know the president has had a call from the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to apologise over the leak. He does not know how it happened. I hope we can engage with the Minister have these moneys paid over to the university as quickly as possible. The Deputy is correct because this does impact on our ability to make things happen.